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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - The Draft Control of Dogs (Wales) Bill »We are committed to ensuring that out-of-control and dangerous dogs are dealt with effectively.Learn more »
Consultation on proposals for ground-breaking legislation to reform arrangements for renting homes
Minister for Housing and Regeneration Carl Sargeant has launched a White Paper for consultation on the Welsh Government’s legislative proposals to improve arrangements for renting homes.
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- Culture Minister pledges support to Welsh broadcast industry
- Consultation on proposals for ground-breaking legislation to reform arrangements for renting homes
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The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
National minimum standards for regulated child care »These standards determine whether child minding and day care settings are providing adequate care for children under the age of 8.Learn more »
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Renting Homes White Paper
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Consultation on the Equality Impact Assessments for the 2014-2020 Structural Funds Programmes in Wales
- Development of a national standards and outcomes framework for Children and Young People's advocacy services in Wales
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Written Statement - Review of the Management of Cockle Fisheries in Wales
In my Oral Statement on the Welsh Fisheries Strategy on 27 March 2012, I set out the Welsh Government’s ambition in relation to the management of our fisheries during this Assembly, with the intention to review the management of shellfish in the intertidal areas of Wales. This review has to date concentrated on the management of the cockle fisheries which are worth many millions of pounds to the Welsh economy.
The mechanisms for managing these fisheries were historically hampered by the absence of statutory provision allowing for the restriction of numbers of people that could take part within a given fishery. This in turn has encouraged a large number of gatherers which has not been in the best interest of the sustainability of the fisheries or the needs of the nearby communities.
The enforcement of the cockle beds in intertidal areas is costly and can be dangerous. Experience has shown that if the traceability of cockle gathering is improved and the powers to enforce against producers who procure illegal cockle is strengthened, it may be possible to cut off the opportunity for those gatherers to sell their catch and lead to a more compliant industry.
It is our fundamental policy position that our fisheries must be sustainable and I intend to introduce policies to further that aim. It is our belief that to achieve the long-term viability that will both protect fish stocks and the communities and individuals that rely on fishing for their livelihoods, that sustainable fisheries management must be introduced, in particular to contentious and divisive fisheries such as inshore cockle gathering. It is imperative that the management of Welsh cockle fisheries maximises all the benefits that are to be sustainably obtained, but also just as importantly minimizes the potential difficulties for local communities and environments.
My officials have now looked at the options for fisheries management of cockles that include; restrictive permitting, improved traceability of product and mechanisms to enforce against producers who take cockles illegally. I have also ensured that my officials take note that the proposals are fit for purpose, take account of local communities and environments, lead to sustainability and are easy to understand and access.
I have today launched a public consultation on the proposals for 12 weeks, and I intend that the recommendations will be implemented in readiness for future seasons.